Words Matter

In preschool this past week I started out teaching about creation as part of introducing Science to the students. In faith, we believe that God spoke all things into existence. (Gen 1:3-29) For six days God spoke out of His mouth and proclaimed what was being formed on each day. He spoke it, He professed it, He simply said it! 

Have you ever considered what comes out of your mouth on a daily basis? What are you speaking into existence? What do you say about yourselves, your spouse, your children? 

As I explained to the students this past week about all that was created by using words, I was reminded to speak “good” over my family, my situations/circumstances. Proverbs 18:21 states that there is life and death in the tongue. Have you thought about your “words” and whether it brings forth life to a situation or do your “words” already set you up to bring forth death/failure to it? 
Words certainly do Matter! 💕

Celebrating 5!

We have a 5 year old in our home! Alaina Michelle came to us 5 years ago on Earthquake day in Northern Virginia. She definitely has shaken up our home with her contagious laughter, her witty comments, and quick sense of humor. But our sweet girl is a also just that, as sweet as they come, definitely a hugger and has biggest heart! Happy Birthday to this little girl who is celebrating one whole hand of birthdays! We love you baby girl! 🎉🎈🎉

Healthy B-Day Treat & Craft

Our second daughter, Alaina is turning five!  At school, she is allowed to bring in a healthy treat which means no cupcakes or birthday cake. I still wanted Alaina to be excited about celebrating with her class so after scouring through Pinterest, I decided on our healthy treat–A Butterfly Treat!


Ingredients

Snack size sandwich bags

Pipe cleaners

Gold fish

Fruit snacks                                           (princess ones in our house, ofcourse) 

Directions

Tie the center of the bag with a pipe cleaner, to create two halves. 

Fill one half with gold fish, and the other with fruit snacks.

Adjust the butterfly wings and antenna 

(You can choose your own healthy items to fill the halves) 

Simple yet super cute! 

ABC…123?

I am beyond grateful for the newest opportunity that the Lord has blessed me with–I am officially a Preschool Teacher at Northside Christian School. I definitely didn’t have this on my radar but time and time again this past year I was reminded that His ways are above my ways and I’m so thankful for that. 

This position has already taught me that the Lord never lets any experience (good or bad), any relationship, any schooling, or past jobs–ever go to waste. Dan and I’s life verse comes from Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding and in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” I still stand amazed at how He orchestrated my every step/path.

It’s definitely a transition for our family and we are all so grateful. I still get to be with my two older girls as they attend the same school and in one year my youngest will be joining the Northside family as well.  I am excited for this season in my life and I’m super excited for this challenge as well. 

Keep me in your prayers and I look forward to sharing some stories of my new season with all my readers! 

God Bless💕

Official Name Tag/Gifts baskets from NCS Preschool Family

Road Trippin…DC to FL (Part 2)

Last post I mentioned that my family and I were making our way back to Florida after visiting our hometown in the DC area but we decided to hit up some hot spots on the way. It has been quite the adventure with our three girls and such fond memories were created at each stop! After Myrtle Beach, we headed to Jacksonville Beach. There we spent the night, caught a late night swim in the hotel’s pool and the next day we were ready to explore. This area was for complete relaxation. If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle–Neptune Beach is the place to be! Very calm, serene, and well honestly not a lot of activities for the kids.  So off we went to our next stop: Saint Augustine! This was a favorite of ours and it was a quick 45 minute drive from Jacksonville.  The history alone is worth a trip to this city. From the historic buildings, to the famous fort–Castillo de San Marcos to the Fountain of Youth! The girls favorite part was interacting with a peacock on the grounds at the Fountain of Youth and being able to come home with one of its feathers!

Next we headed to Daytona Beach. The girls were so excited to experience driving on the beach (can’t lie–so was I) and checking out the water. The waves were pretty high and the water  felt amazing on a very hot summer day. The red sand that went on and on for what seemed never ending was soft and cool to the touch.  Driving on the beach was a first for us–windows down, radio on, feet on the dash, being so close to the water, waves, and a slight breeze in the air–complete relaxation!

West Palm Beach was a bit of a trek but since we had never been before we decided it was worth the drive. Even with its stately homes and private beaches, this was actually our least favorite city we visited. It didn’t offer kid-friendly activities and honestly it didn’t live up to its reputation.

Our trip wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t hit up, Orlando. Ofcourse we’ve visited Orlando many times before but this time we were intentional about doing new activities we have never done before. So we checked out Wonderworks–a fun indoor museum filled with hurricanes, earthquake, antigravity simulators and much more! Definitely an array of activities for All ages and the ropes course is a Must! We also hitched a ride on the Coco-Cola Orlando Eye–a 400 Ft Ferris Wheel that offers a 360-degree view of Central Florida. We were upgraded to the VIP capsule which included a cooler of Coke products and a selfie stick! (We totally took advantage of that selfie stick–haha)

But all good things come to an end and as we drove our final home stretch,strangely enough, we looked forward to our home! We each have our favorite moments– favorites places, favorite foods we ate, favorite beach, favorite hotels we stayed-but our Alltime favorite was being together and experiencing this adventure–as a Family!

(Jacksonville Beach)

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(St. Augustine)

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(Daytona Beach)

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(West Palm Beach)

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Orlando (WonderWorks)

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Coco-Cola Orlando Eye

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Road Trippin…DC to Florida

Our family has been making our way back from DMV (DC, MD, VA) to Saint Petersburg, Florida. But we decided to hit up some hot spots as we travel back home. Not only does it break up the trip but we are having fun being adventurous with our girls! 
Our first stop was Virginia Beach–not too far from our hometown but Dan and I had to show them the beach we visited so many times over the years. I don’t think they were too impressed–for one, the water was cold compared to the warm waters in the Gulf that they have become accustomed to, ehem, spoiled!       However, we created a new memory at Virginia Beach with our 4 year old as she is now “floatie” free–she learned how to swim! So proud of this accomplishment–she set a goal and reached it before the summer ended.


Our next stop–Myrtle Beach, SC! When Dan was younger he and his family visited Myrtle Beach many times so as a family it was fitting to make it part of our adventure. I’ve actually never visited this place either so we were excited! Myrtle Beach is super family-friendly. The boardwalk hosted several restaurants, carnival rides, games, the Skywheel (Ferris wheel) and much more! The newest addition is Broadway beach. Broadway Beach is filled with well known restaurants, live entertainment, upscale stores, kid-friendly water activities and a family-friendly nightlife. It’s the place to be after a day at the beach!  

Myrtle Beach was a lot of fun and on we go to our next adventure!                                           

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